Brooklyn Rules

Brooklyn Rules is the story of three friends growing up in a neighborhood greatly influenced by the mafia. The film is set in the 1980’s and revolves somewhat around real life news involving the power struggles within the mob. Many people say gangster films are a dime a dozen, however, I wouldn’t even really call this a gangster film, though it does steal basically every known plot point from such projects.

Directed by Michael Corrente this is one of the rare films that uses the name of the writer to try and promote it. Terrence Winter penned the screenplay and he is most well known for his work on The Sopranos or the 50 Cent movie Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. The three leads go out to Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan, and Jerry Ferrara. However, Alec Baldwin makes his presence known and Mena Suvari fills in as the romantic interest.

Acting: Freddie Prinze Jr. sounds like the sort of guy to fill the main role on paper, yes, a con artist sort of kid who grows up to go to law school and try to distant himself from his Brooklyn roots, but on screen Freddie Prinze in my opinion isn’t good for much of anything; okay that’s not fair he may have his place, I just haven’t seen it. All of the roles in this film are generic roles and the only person to stand out really was Baldwin and that was just because he got to be the murderous mob boss guy and act mean.

There is nothing new to take away from this story, thus its straight to Dvd fate; it is a by the books predictable waste of time. Usually I’ll save the most negative comments to bring up the end of the review, but really there isn’t much to say about the movie in terms of creativity: it lacks that completely. You know the story: one friend falls into the bad crowd, one friend looks to escape, another is not the brightest and sort of the moral support of the other two: the good friend as the go between gets killed and the one looking to escape does so with a new lesson learned. What the lesson is really is not to use Freddie Prinze Jr. to fuel a movie with loads of uninteresting voice over.

This is not a gangster movie per-say, and when people start getting killed it is mainly told to you with close ups of guns firing against a black screen and newspapers fluttering to the ground with headlines. There isn’t any excitement and it is mainly about Prinze Jr. being annoying, aka doing the whole falling for a rich girl who he thinks is better than him thing, and then ultimately going away to law school. Wait for something new, this film is not.

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